After losing my 6th ram or so over the last year, I am ready to completely give up on this fish. Their beauty is just not worth the hassle, the stress and the heartbreak of watching them randomly fall sick and die, or slowly waste away into nothing. Seems like they are just a really weak fish. Never had problems like this with any other fish, all my other fish have been by and large healthy, even when they get sick more often than not they will pull through. My water parameters are always good, I test regularly and do water changes weekly, my tanks are planted so nitrates are low... I have been unable to keep a ram alive for more than 3 months at a time (that was the longest, a male who randomly died after seeming perfectly healthy for that amount of time). More often than not they die within a few weeks. Either they randomly develop some kind of health problem (start breathing heavily, then drop dead days later), or they stop eating altogether and slowly starve to death. I have no idea what's wrong with them besides that my LFS may just get them from weak stock. All of the GBR's at my LFS look quite emaciated. I recently tried 3 electric blue rams which looked stronger, so far (within a week) I have lost 2 of them, the two females, and my male still looks fine but who knows, he could die tomorrow judging by previous experience. What are some other peoples' experiences with this fish? Has anyone been able to maintain them without problems for substantial periods of time? Am I unlucky or just a bad fishkeeper?